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Use your wits and try different approaches. Don’t assume that you can’t get away—you have a better chance of escaping than you might think. As in any encounter with violence, it’s important to keep in mind that your survival is of the utmost importance. Rape Sexual assault S exual violence affects many children and teens. Data show that 51 percent of rape victims are under the age of 18, and 29 percent of victims are under the age of 12. friends or acquaintances are involved in nearly half of all rapes reported by women. Many law enforcement departments offer instructions in basic self- defense and techniques for escaping attackers. What resources in your community provide self- defense instruction? 346 Chapter 13 Violence Prevention
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Gang-Related Violence any crimes committed by teens are gang-related. These M crimes often include the sale of drugs, physical assaults on rival gang members, and homicide. Teens may join gangs because of peer pressure or to gain a sense of identity or belonging. Some join to be with their friends. Others join gangs to gain protection from violence in their neighborhoods. However, because most gangs are involved in violent activities, join- ing a gang increases one’s risk of being arrested, hurt, or killed. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that in large cities, most acts of gang-related violence are commit- ted against members of rival gangs. In smaller towns, most gang-related violence is directed at individuals not involved in a gang. Strategies for avoiding risks associated with gang membership include resisting pressure to join a gang and leaving when you see gang members. People who feel a part of their community are less inclined to commit acts of violence, including vandalism. How can you and your community work together to promote nonviolence? Reviewing Facts and Vocabulary 1. Identify four common causes of violence. 2. Define prejudice, and explain how it can lead to violence. 3. Explain the role that alcohol and other drugs play in violent behaviors. Thinking Critically 4. Analyzing. Explain how practicing tolerant attitudes is a strategy for reducing and avoiding violence. 5. Evaluating. How might messages from the media influence violent behavior? W E B S I T E You might want to search the Internet for some of your media sources. Find help in conducting Internet searches at health.glencoe.com. Lesson 3 Protecting Yourself from Violence 347 Applying Health Skills Analyzing Influences. Find three different media sources, such as movies, music, and video games, that contain messages involving violence. Analyze the health messages delivered through each media source you choose. How do you think these messages affect teens? health.glencoe.com HS_HEALTH_U04_C13_L3 12/6/03 9:46 AM Page 347
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VOCABULARY abuse physical abuse verbal abuse stalking date rape Preventing and Overcoming Abuse YOU’LL LEARN TO Recognize threats to personal safety and analyze strategies for responding to abusive situations.
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